Yearly Archives: 2014

Choose a NADCA certified contractor

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Choose a NADCA certified duct cleaning contractor for
your next HVAC Remediation project


NADCA members work in accordance with the Association’s ACR Standard, which provides guidance on the proper and safe techniques required during HVAC Inspection, Maintenance and Restoration procedures.

At least one employee of each NADCA member company must receive NADCA’s Air System Cleaning Specialist (ASCScertification and maintain this certification with Continuing Education Credits each year. NADCA also offers a Certified Ventilation Inspection (CVI) certification.

A majority of NADCA members have been in business many years, and possess the knowledge and experience necessary to perform to the highest standards. Members also have significant knowledge of the tools and equipment that are necessary
for each particular job. NADCA members are truly committed to our industry.


The benefits

Choosing a NADCA-member contractor for your next duct-cleaning job positions you for success. Identifying a local duct-cleaning contractor who holds membership with the association to perform the job offers you unique advantages:

  • High standards. When you work with a NADCA-qualified contractor, you can trust that the business places importance on proper
    education and training for its’s of its technicians, and on following industry standards for cleaning, restoration and assessing the HVAC system.
  • Ethical work practices. To become a member of the organization, contractors must agree to adhere to the organization’s Code
    of Ethics, which supports honoring the customer’s time and investment, as well as adhering to best practices for cleaning.
  • Protection. Members must hold liability insurance as a form of protection for consumers should something go wrong on the job.
    You should never hire any type of contractor that doesn’t hold liability insurance .
  • Certification. At least one person employed by the contractor must be trained by the organization and then certified to
    perform the various tasks associated with cleaning ducts in order to become a member. This practice ensures that the right
    information and training gets passed along to other technicians in the company.
  • Comprehensive cleaning. The organization also requires that contractors agree to follow their cleaning and restoration
    practices for the entire HVAC system, not just the ductwork.
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High Tech Furnace Filter

Your Air Filter Just Got Smarter


Wouldn’t it be great if your air filter could send you a text
when it became clogged and lost its efficiency?

For many of us, changing air filters is an easily forgettable chore.

Who has time to think about something that is hardly noticed on a daily, or even weekly, basis? Typically, central air conditioning and heating system filters are changed randomly or when it “feels” right.

A new air filter monitor removes this guesswork by sending an email or text alert to your smartphone, tablet or desktop computer when the filter becomes clogged so you can enjoy cleaner air, lower electric bills and an efficiently operating HVAC system.

And, it’s not just convenient. Regular filter changes can help save $300 annually.

Just like your automobile’s gas gauge, the CleanAlert FILTERSCAN WiFi shows how much ‘cleaning power’ remains in your home’s air filter. The monitor continuously tracks the condition of your home’s air filter, and the AirFilterSentry™ Notification Service instantly alerts you of an efficiency-robbing clog. This way, you or your HVAC contractor know exactly when your air filter needs to be replaced.



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Theres a Raccoon in my ductwork

In our 48 years of duct cleaning, this one will make the hall of fame

Power Vac Toronto received a call from a customer who was complaining about a bad odor coming from the ventilation system.   We regularly received call from clients about bad smells and sometimes we find dead mice, squirrels, snakes  etc but our service tech was not ready for this one

What we found was unbelievable . The smell was unimaginable . The Power Vac service tech persisted and removed the dead animal from the ductwork . We never did find out how the wild animal was able to get into the ventilation system.

submitted my Power Vac Toronto


dead racoon in ductwork

dead racoon in ductwork

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Power Vac Tools of the trade

Power Vac Tools. Our Contamination Unit

Power Vac commercial duct cleaning services provide HVAC remediation
services in health care facilities. The increased focus on infection
control standards today requires a reliable contamination solution
that can be deployed quickly.

Our EDU portable containment unit provides temporary containment of
airborne particles during normal facility operations. It provides
isolation while allowing the operation of the facility to continue to
operate undisturbed.

As our industry progresses, Power Vac continues to invest in new
technologies and training. We are Canada’s national duct cleaning
company with offices from coast to coast. For additional information
contact the office nearest you

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Power Vac Trucks in parking lot


“POWER VAC to the RESCUE” — Power Vac mobilized within 12 hours in order to minimize the disruption to this 130 bed Seniors Home after smoke from a fire contaminated the HVAC system

Our quick response and our large fleet of vacuum duct cleaning trucks ensured that the residents of the home had central air that was operational  during the muggy period at the end of June


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Customer Heard Strange Noises

This is a recent customer that we serviced last week.  The customer heard rumbling  noises every time the furnace fan was running.  The dog also lost a few tennis ball.

We were able to clean the system, remove the tennis balls and a few dogie  toys and make the customer and the dog happy.


Balls on AC  ballonac2


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PowerVac- Big Music Festival Contest

Big Music Fest


Hey its  contest time.  We are giving away 2  weekend tickets to the Big Music Fest July 11-13 in Kitchener.  All you have to do to enter is like us on Facebook.

We have made it so easy just click the facebook logo to get to our site  Power Vac facebook

Contest closes June 30th 2014

The Big Music Fest line up includes

  • Brian Adams
  • Styx
  • Collective Soul
  • Aero Smith
  • Kim Mitchell
  • and many more

As the saying goes, you have to be in it to win it

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Power Vac Does Spring Cleaning too!

With Spring in the air, Power Vac has been busy doing our spring cleaning.  There is an old saying “out with
the old and in with the new”.  During the winter we have been busy updating and painting our trucks, replacing
equipment and upgrading our technical skills. We are now ready for Spring.

New Power Vac Truck
This is the new Dusty 5

old power vac duct cleaning truck

Here is the old Dusty 5

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Ultraviolet Lighting

Ultraviolet light used in hvac

Ultraviolet Lighting in HVAC units

Ultraviolet lighting in HVAC units has increased substantially over the years with the
sudden interested in maintaining a healthy indoor environment. This article will
introduce you to the basics of Ultraviolet Lighting

Definition of Ultraviolet Lighting

A rainbow is made when light shines through droplets of water and breaks into is various
colors. The light just beyond the violet end of the spectrum is not visible to the naked
eye and is called ultraviolet light, also commonly knows as UV Light

There are three types of UV light
The three types of UV light are A, B and C representing a different section of the UV light spectrum.
Type C known as UVC is the form used for germicidal activity, When UVC is used for germicidal purposes, it is known as UVGI.
UVGI “deactivates” or kills microorganisms, including viruses, bacteria, molds and other fungi by disrupting their DNA.

UVC is used for
       Surface disinfection
       HVAC Air disinfection
      Cooling Coil disinfection
      Water treatment
      Curing plastics and other materials
      Chemical Processing
Application in HVAC Systems

UVGI lamps are categorized by the internal pressure of the gas in the lamp. Low pressure
lamps are the most common types of lamps  found in HVAC system.
On hard surfaces like evaporator coils and drain pans the UVGI exposure is constant and the kill rate is up to 99.9%.
Bio aerosols is a more complex activity and affected by different factors such as system install, number of lamps and
lamp placement. Any installation of a UVC lamp in an HVAC system should include a method of visually inspecting it
periodically. Dirty lamps will result in reduced effectiveness. If the lamp becomes dirty, it should be cleaned with a
lint-free cloth and glass cleaner or alcohol. Never clean the lamp while it is turned on.

Hazards of Ultraviolet Lightings

Material decomposition is a concern in HVAC systems.  UVGI can seriously degrade organic materials over time in a HVAC system,
including filters, sealants, gaskets and wiring insulation, resulting in air leaks, fire hazards and loss of system performance.
It is best to shield all organic material components within 5 feet of the UV lamp.

Skin and eyes have to be protected when exposed to UVA or UVB  Ocular damage can occur 6-12 hours after  initial exposure.
skin damage from excess exposure is similar to sunburn.  Proper protection must be used when working with lamps.

Mercury Exposure is also a concern.  UVC lamps contain a small amount of toxic Mercury, so if a bulb breaks ,
care should be taken to reduce exposure to the Mercury.

Best Practises

It is generally agreed that source removal (Duct Cleaning) of contaminants is the single best method for cleaning and
decontaminating the HVAC system.

If Ultra Violets lights are installed in the HVAC system without proper training, UVC lamps can be ineffective and can
create hazards or material decomposition that can  negatively impact the efficiency of the system.

It is recommended that the installers be well educated on the materials from the manufacturer and in the ASHRAE Handbook – HVAC Systems and Equipment Chapter 17: Ultraviolet Lamp Systems


Nadca   Nadca White paper on Ultraviolet lighting applications in HVAC Systems

Ashae  Ashrae website   – HVAC systems and equipment

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